Bookish Witch

Lalita Kothandapani and The Heinous Crime by Aruna Nambiar

Blurb (as on Amazon):

Lalita Kothandapani is back, and this time she’s written a book! Although she has no experience with fiction, she had won the first prize for English in Standard V (also a prize for Moral Science in Standard VI, and a second place in the egg and spoon race in Standard II, it must be said). But as she attempts to get her novel published, she grapples with long-suffering editors, an impish granddaughter, urban slang, the complexities of social media – and a crime or two.

A wonderful parody of modern life, the ways and manners of the virtual world and the yawning gap between the generations, Lalita Kothandapani and the Heinous Crime is another hilarious short story from the author of Gender Bender

Format: Kindle eBook

Genre: Fiction/Humour/Short Story

Pages: 17

Price: 49 INR/$0.99

My rating: 4.5/5

Enjoying a retired life from a government job, Mrs. Lalita Kothandapani puts her leisure time to productive use. At the suggestion of her niece, she pens down an anecdote from her time at her old job in the form of a novel and sends it out to publishing houses. The waiting period to hear their verdict is long and soon drives her impatient, leading to hilarity. Will her book be accepted though?

What I liked about the book:

  • Mrs. Lalita Kothandapani is extremely lovable as one can easily find their mother/grandmother in her character.
  • It is particularly relatable for writers/authors because what Mrs. Lalita goes through while waiting to hear from the publishers is a part and parcel of each author’s life.
  • Through the character of the granddaughter and of the comissioning editor, the author brings forth contemporary issues which the Gen Z and millennial readers will find relatable.

What I did not like about the book:

  • The niece’s character seems to be written in a negative light but honestly I did not find anything problematic in her behaviour towards thandapani.

Quotable Quotes:

  • A writer’s life is one of rejection. You will probably have to query a dozen more publishers before you get a reply.
  • The social media can be a rabbit hole, devouring hours of the day and acres of one’s mind.

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